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leader harry reid says he want a bipartisan deal, if possible and other top democrats continue to say if the gospel doesn't agree to reform the way the president wants it, democrats will -- and harry reid said himself, go it alone. caroline shivley, live in washington. >> eric: so let's start with this, how significant do you think the remarks are by the senator this morning? >> reporter: i think it is significant, eric because it comes from enzi and if it was one of the other 39 republicans in the senate it would be a blow but not that big of a deal but he's one of the guys at the table. listening to him describing democrats' efforts in the g.o.p. internet address this weekend. >> both the president and the democratic controlled congress will reject the go it alone path they are currently on. if they do, we'll have a chance to truly work on a real bill, that will address those critical issues. >> reporter: did you hear enzi call it a go it alone path and democrats disagreed that that is their goal and he's one of the republicans trying to negotiate the bipartisan deal. and the gang o
is in a big mess? mr. reid. harry reid. the guy who called americans evil. >> mike allen, tell us about this. i was reading the las vegas review journal. i'm heading out there this weekend. >> reading the metro section? >> a few meetings. tell us about harry reid. i was reading these polls in the paper. tell us about it. >> forget about harry reid. i want to know why you're going to las vegas? >> it's a long story. >> it's research. willie goes to vegas. >> willie, do you have any openings for interns? >> not at present. we'll talk off line. >> the senate majority leader does have a problem down by double digits against the potential challenger danny tarkanian. he's down against another challenger, the state republican party chairman. and joe will recognize the danger of this number right now. incumbent leader, one of the most powerful people, maybe the most powerful person in the senate, his approval rating back home, 37%. >> wow. >> that's the number george w. bush could laugh at. >> that is unbelievable. all right. >> is danny tarkanian the tark's son? >> yes. how could he not win? >> and
, harry reid, un-american, nancy pelosi runs the house, talking about fascist tactics, at least the democrats talking crazy are running washington, d.c. our people are talking about death panels aren't elected. >> the republicans who are elected clearly or not making enough good noise. >> you know what, let's just call them out right now. let's just do it. since i lovemaki making everybo. tim pawlenty has a responsibility to distance himself from death panel talk. yesterday, we had the chairman of the gop, michael steele, a guy i like very much personally. the next time he believes whether the legislation has death panels in it. he needs to say, no, it does not. the virginia governor, he needs to come out and distance himself from nancy pelosi saying that these tactics are un-american -- >> we tried with michael steele yesterday. >> i'm just saying, there's all of this uncontrolled rage out there, i think leaders of both parties have to be called on the carpet and distance themselves from the crazy rhetoric that's out there, whether it's coming from nancy pelosi or harry reid ca
, and it does not look good for harry reid. he is poised to be the second democratic leader, perhaps, if history repeats itself, that will be voted out of office. on to our next story. the more we learn about this story, the more unbelievable it gets. police say he stormed his school, set up two pipe bombs, and the rest of the school started running. >> we heard two big explosions. we saw smoke coming from the classrooms. martha: that was just the beginning. the killer was planning a massacre. what officials say he had with him was devastating. 90s slacker hip-hop. ♪ singer: buckle up, everybody 'cause we're taking a ride ♪ ♪ that can strain your relationships and hurt your pride ♪ ♪ it's the credit roller aster ♪ ♪ and as you can see it kinda bites! ♪ ♪ so sing the lyrics with me: ♪ when your debt goes up your score goes down ♪ ♪ when you pay a little off it goes the other way 'round ♪ ♪ it's just the same for everybody, every boy and girl ♪ ♪ the credit roller coaster makes you wanna hurl ♪ ♪ so throw your hands in the air, and wave 'em around ♪ ♪ like a
. the leadership can do it, nancy pelosi and harry reid working hard and i know max baucus working hard with john on the finance committee. >> reporter: this week's events ar reminder of course the president is never truly on vacation, but he is slated to have more r and r at the end of the week, he and family going to camp david and see if they have more family time and a few less real life and work time this week, patti ann. >> molly line reporting live. thank you. coming home from vacation to face controversy inside the beltway, the obama white house under fire for launching an investigation into cia interrogations of suspected terrorists. just days ago, attorney general eric holder decided to appoint a special prosecutor to look into alleged abuses by cia agents during the bush administration. previously. president obama indicated such a probe was neither necessary nor productive and that's something former vice-president dick cheney hit on during a hitdown interview with fox news sunday. . >> we had a track record now of eight years of defending the nation against any further mass casualtie
changes. the white house would be able to -- does not get removed in advance. the spokesman for harry reid says democrats have not reached a decision yet, but did say, quote -- just today, mitt romney arty, work together with the middle of his party, republicans as well, and get a plan that gets people insured without having a government take over insurance. >> joining us now, chuck todd. what's going on right now, the president trying to address democrats, trying to get them more energized, how's that going over? >> well, look, i mean, this is not new. the white house has said this for months they would do this. saying look rk they're going to get a bill whatever it takes and if republicans are at the table, fine. if they're not, fine. they'll go another way. they have the votes to do that. i think part of the strategy using the budget sort of way to go around the rules a little bit was the negotiating ploy to keep republicans at the table, keep them negotiating a little bit. i'm fascinated what's going to happen tonight. there's the gang of six is going to be having a conference call. fi
surprise crowds a whole lot bigger than we expected. here in nevada, harry reid is in trouble. in fact, is he in so much trouble that he has got a guy following us around, videotaping our rallies. i assume they will be reviewing them later. so harry has heard what we are doing out here. he is -- there are signs all over the place that say anybody but b-u-t-t harry. gretchen: there was this new poll came out today. 80% of the people polled believed that as americans they know more about the health care reform situation and the bill and some the facets than -- could. would you be surprised that that many people would feel that way? >> i really, really, really wouldn't be surprised. i know that one of the speakers that is actually with us through nevada, she pulled out the health care bill. and it's -- these two giant binders probably about 3 or 4 inches thick each and that has to be one of the most powerful things. and, you know, she goes through the whole -- she actually read it and talks kind of through it a little bit. and i really wouldn't be surprised if they -- they don't know anyt
today show that harry reid could be voted out of office next year. he is now trailing two republican challengers in his home state of nevada. this conjures up memories of tom daschle, ousted in 2004. shannon has been looking closely through the polls. how concerned should harry reid be? >> he is in danger of repeating history. in 2004, tom daschle was voted out, a top senate democrat at the time. voters decided to go with a conservative, very different than tom daschle. that was the first time in 50 years that the top democrats have lost his reelection. so now we're looking at harry reid, the majority leader, and he is going to meet the same fate, something he does not want, and something the democrats do not want in 2010, either. when you look at the potential head-to-head matchups, first against the son of a famous nfl coach, reid goes down 11% against danny tarkanian. he is down to sue loud and by 5%. both of them could beat him convincingly if there were voting today. jane: what kind of hurdles does he have to overcome? >> things are tough and nevada. there is double digit unempl
these people on american and other people suggesting that they are behaving like nazi's. you have harry reid: them evil mongerers. >> i said that it organized, but in america, you have the right to organize. you just have to evaluate what the feelings of the american people are in light of the organization. there are more than people from that town or that county. i certainly will not criticize them. i will listen to them they are citizens. they have a right to be heard. when that man was apoplectic and told me that god would stand before me, as he said it, you showed a clip. i said wait a minute, i did not want that man to be ejected. i did not want the story to be that a citizen was ousted from the town hall meeting. i wanted the impact to be that i was prepared to listen and stay cool. megyn: i was so impressed they had read the bill. they were very informed. >> they certainly were. i give them credit for that. it is even more reason why they are entitled to be listened to and have their voices heard. megyn: we are watching you and your poll numbers. so far, not looking that great in the
and concentration. plus support for heart health. that's a great call. one a day men's. trace: harry reid speaking about ted kennedy. >> one of the highlights of my life working in the united states senate was ted kennedy. he was such a friend, a model public servant, and a brilliant american icon. so many difficult times in kennedy family history, they turned to their uncle ted for comfort. so many times in our country's history, america has turned to ted kennedy for the same comfort. with a grieving first lady at arlington national cemetery, and i will never forget how his deep love for his brother bobby helped him somehow summoned the strength to deliver that eulogy. as patriarch, he grieved with us with a loss of john john. for decades, ted kennedy was the rock of his family. he has left us to remember. it is now up to us to celebrate the senator who has helped so many live better lives. as a student at utah state university, i formed to the first young democrats club. i got a letter from president- elect kennedy. it was between the time that he had been elected and before he was inaugurated.
language here. on the liberal side, nancy pelosi calling protesters un-american. harry reid calling opponents of health care evil mongers. nadler saying fascist. pelosi calling insurance companies "the real villains." the conservative side, sarah palin saying obama's death panel down right evil. chuck grassley saying every right to fear death panels. a congressman from georgia saying this is a steam roller of socialism. john boehner last month saying government-encouraged euthenasia included in the health care plan. we heard that echoed from newt gingrich as well. >>> pat buchanan, the splilness in this debate just escalating, now you have nadler talking about fascism. >> let me tell you, i just did a column and i have polls out. this is insanity on liberal democrats. 64% of moderates say the protesters are behaving appropriately and 40% of democrats say that. and by almost two to one, people who know about the protesters identify with them, not against them. joe, there's a story today about a congressman in the neighboring district, congressman boyd. he held three town hall meeting
obama knows it yet. i don't know whether harry reid knows it yet. i don't know if the american people know it yet. it's going to have to be a democratic bill. it will have to be through reconciliation. i believe, if barack obama puts the hammer to the democrats, sure, there are 50 votes there. >> michael graham, if reconciliation was okay when the republicans had the majority, why isn't it okay now that the democrats have had the majority? >> i think steve did a good job explaining things that have been used in the past. i hope every democrat listens to my buddy bill press. do it like you did with the stimulus package which has a whopping 33% approval rating. you don't need republicans. jam it down america's throat. >> we'll be happy to take credit for fixing the economy and delivering healthcare without one republican vote, and we'll take that to the voters in 2010, and the party of no will lose again. >> jean cummings, let me ask you. is there a political downside if the democrats go down this road of reconciliation in the senate? they obviously don't have 60 votes, but they could g
leader harry reid says democrats have not reached any decisions just yet, but here is what he did say. quote, patience is not unlimited, and we are determined to get something done this year by any legislative means necessary. and today mitt romney, former massachusetts governor and presidential candidate, explained why he thinks the president is struggling to find a compromise on health care reform. >> if the president wants to get something done, he needs to put aside the extreme liberal wing of his party, work together with middle votes of his party, work with republicans as well, and get a plan that gets people insured without having the government take over insurance. >> but president obama says he still wants to negotiate with republicans. here is what he said a short time ago on the michael smerconish program. >> i'm confident we're going to get it done, and as far as negotiations with republicans, my attitude has always been let's see if we can get this done with some consensus. i would love to have more republicans engaged and involved in this process. >> adrielle is a report
with patients and doctors in charge not government and insurance companies. tell harry reid we can't afford government-run health care. laura: frank, your thoughts on. this it's off the chart with republicans. it's what they will believe. we already spent trillions of dollars and now we are going to add to our debt? and health care is supposed to be a personal issue. not a health care issue. even the democrats agree with this ad. what works so effectively, laura, is it is not hyperbole. it's not extreme. it's states fact after fact after fact and the american people can follow it. laura: after the news broke that the obama administration underestimated the deficit by a figure of $2 trillion as george will said not a rounding error. that's got to make this even more powerful. as people are seeing these revisions of deficit projections and also the shrinking of the economy that we now see is going to be greater than we thought before. that has to be even more effective. >> it's a simple question, how much is this going to cost? look, the american people do believe that the healthcare system h
. harry reid preparing to do what progressives hollered for, cut the republicans loose and pass public health care. reid's staff says they are possibly going to use the reconciliation posture. we will not pursue reconciliation until we exhausted efforts to produce a bipartisan bill, however, patience is not unlimited. jon kyl said he does not think a single republican senator would vote for either the house bill or the one senate bill that made it out of committee so far. after michael steele dared democrats to go it alone, taunting that their reluctance to do so prove democrats know the american people rejected their vision of health care reform. >> don't come up in my face saying i'm an obstacle. you got the votes, mr. president, pass the bill. they could have done it. why didn't they? they know it's poisonous. they know the american people will not tolerate it. >> polls show american not even tolerating, but supporting the option. few americans supporting president obama on health care in general. 46% proving his handling of health care down 57% from april. let's turn to clarence pa
approach. >> tell harry reid, no way, no how? >> i think it's a real mistake to try to jam through the total health insurance reform, health care reform plan that the public is either opposed to or very, very passionate mixed minds about. it's not good for the system, frankly won't be good for the presidency. >> lieberman caucuses with democrats who are going to need his vote to win the filibuster proof supermajority. >>> breaking news in jackson world tonight. long last, the autopsy results are in. >> we are getting breaking news now. a possible cause of michael jackson's death. >> the coroner's office here in los angeles has determined that at the time of his death, i'm reading to you from the search warrant, at the time of his death, toxicology analysis showed that michael jackson had lethal levels of propofol in his blood. >> the associated press is reporting tonight that the los angeles county coroner has ruled his death a homicide. this could lead to criminal charges. >> at 1:30 a.m., murray gives jackson valium. it doesn't work. at 2:00 a.m., murray gives jackson another dru
's health care plan, all of a sudden this is, as you just heard harry reid say, evil mongering. it does seem that there is kind of a double standard about what constitutes legitimate dissent. gretchen: so do you believe that these war protests potentially are still going on and the media is just not covering them, or is it both that they're not happening anymore because of the change in the white house and so the media is not covering them? >> first of all, a lot of the people who were most passionately against the war in the bush years are a bit quiet about it now. there was a convention about a week ago of people who were big fans of the dailycoast website which is a left wing website. a few years ago it was a hotbed of antiwar act vism. the war really animated this certain group of act vism. activism. there was a poll, what's your priority? one was health care two the environment, at the bottom named by just 1% was stopping the war in iraq and afghanistan so there's less of certainly of antiwar fervor. on the other hand, cindy sheehan, the woman made famous in 2005 when she camped outside
are in the house, but i want your thoughts on harry reid asking to come back after the recess and then they will just push this through. how much would that all of us members of congress? how much would it hurt future bills if they take this bill and they run with it? >> it is pretty much standard operating procedure under this democratic congress. they pile drive through the stimulus, the budget, the national energy tax. it is no surprise to many of us, as they tried to do in july, and they may come back and try to push through health-care reform. he is leaving one person out of the equation. the american people have a different opinion here. they are expressing that at public forums all over the country. i expect they will of continue to do that. as we stay -- say in my state, he has another thing coming in the things that america is going to stand idly by as they push health-care reform through congress. trace: thank you. martha: how is it going? shepard: we have been going through withdrawal with you gone. martha: that is why i left. shepard: we did a story about those vot
that would be a significant shift. even on the senate side, harry reid appeared to be able rumble. -- appear to be vulnerable. he is the top democrat in the senate, so lot of races are in play, and some big names could be forced out. it is a long ways away. martha: i'm looking at the nevada situation, and it looks pretty difficult for him. this has to start democrats thinking, do i want to sign a bill that will sign away the election? >> that is right. people are also afraid of unemployment going into double digits, concern about the stimulus money. it is a perfect group of frustration that the democrats have to deal with. martha: halfway through the year, they have time on their side. thank you. trace: in the meantime, let's bring in someone who follows this closely. larry set the tone of the university of virginia. -- sabato of the university of virginia. here is what it looks like in the house. democrats have 256 seats. republicans, 177. the gop would need to collect 41 net seats to gain control. the national republican congressional committee believes that they can target 70. you believe
the white house. the democrats could hit -- take a hit in 2010. even the senate's top democrat, harry reid appears to be vulnerable. brand new polling shows that the top two potential republican contenders would both kohl had of him in a head-to-head matchup. when you are talking about big names like that, at the 2010 race could be a plea for democrats. jon: the independent voters are the ones who hold the key there. >> brand new gallup polling shows that 70% of independent voters disapprove of congress and what it has been doing. only 22% say that they approve of what is happening. those numbers pull closer how republicans rank congress. those voters are all-important. there is still a lot of time to get them on board. right now, they clearly are not. jon: what does it mean for the gop? >> eight could be a perfect stew of things right now. also when you factor in the health-care town hall meetings, it is just a lot of frustration. here is what a republican congressman had to say. >> it is a combination of the work they've done and where they're going. it is also about arrogance. the arrog
. and they would have to cut or add more taxes on split the bill in two. leader harry reid seemed to go with reconciliation. he said at a town hall if we can't do a bipartisan bill, we'll do a partisan bill. teddy as you know-- >> and why not put it off until next year once massachusetts voters elected his replacement. then you're back to the filibuster proof election. and polls indicated that democratic majorities will likely shrink. back to you in new york. >> complicated. i thought was sad that george step n step-- s stephanopoulos would like them to take a xrocompromise. many believes that his presence has largely been missed in the health care debate and because he was able to work with republicans so closely that his skills in balancing this might have played well, instead of this sort of bipartisan bickering taking place. >> in the meantime, it's hurricane season and they've been coming in rapid fire succession. janice dean is here this morning to tell us about the latest, hey, janice. >> hi, alisyn, yes, we're watching the pacific now, we saw dan ny go to a remnant low out in th
thing is, whether his polls are down or not, the word from harry reid is that we are going to have a bipartisan bill or partisan bill. either way we're going to get this done. can you imagine if the agendas through without republican support? >> hairy reid said he don't have a bipartisan bill will just have a partisan. >> a group of the american league of voters stand for individual liberty and government accountability that to say, no, that's partisan, it's extraordinary. take a look at this ad. here's the ad done. we should point out that there is an actual neurosurgeon in here and he's warning about how under the president's plan, we could wind up with rationing. take a look at the plan. >> how can obama's plan cover 50 million new patients without any new doctors? it can't. it will hurt our seniors and medicare as we know it. rationed coverage and care. limit live saving medicines and pose long delays on cancer treatment and other vital surgery. it's happening in england and canada. don't let it happen here. >> tell congress to protect american healthcare. paid for by the leagu
: in the senate majority leader harry reid's spokesman jim manly says -- one factor slowing the process, nominees with background problems, like former senator tom daschle. his cabinet appointment was derailed by tax troubles. meantime, notes the conservative heritage foundation, the president has appointed numerous policy czars. >> t.a.r.p. czar and the great lakes czar, they have all the different czars, the car czar. and numerous other czars, who are making very important, critical decisions in the government, but they don't have to go through senate confirmations. >> reporter: and the prospect of a policy czar overriding them, says one analyst, may well discourage good candidates for some of the executive cabinet positions. the record shows the obama white house is no farther behind on appointments than recent administrations. historians say it just reflects the massive scope of the u.s. government. louise schiavone for cnn, washington. >>> and first this hour -- washington is on a wild spending binge to fight the recession. that means with a little surprise, record-breaking deficits this yea
measure which is require 51 votes to pass something in the senate. this is politically perilous. harry reid would have to lead that fight. the latest las vegas poll in the capers yesterday show him losing double digits to unknown prince. if he wants to lose next year, all he has to do is do something controversial like this muscling through the bill with 51 votes. brian: to the anger of many republicans. usually the ones who reach across the aisle first. here is what senator john mccain said first about the health care proposal as it stands. >> the president's numbers are falling about americans' confidence about his ability to address this issue and how he is addressing it now wouldn't it be a good idea with the republicans and democrats to sit down with the president. i think he would have to abandon the public option. brian: what about starting all over. remember he said i screwed up? would you think, aubrey that would be a catastrophic loss to start again? >> no. i i think that the time is now to have health care reform. i mean, this is not a new subject. it's been going on for yea
with the coop? >> to quote harry reid, call it whatever you want, it will be a single payer. max baucus said we will have a coop but it will do the same as a single payer to me, it's the same with the public option. it's obscuring what this really is. obviously we depend on what the details are. but a coop, a public option, single payer, nationalized health insurance, universal health care, socialized medicine, it's all the same and it confuses people. we don't want that. brian: no confusion there. i know where you stand. thanks for the insight. >> thank you. brian: 10 minutes before the top of the hour. eric: bud cans are hitting college campuses. is bud light sending the wreng message? brenda: the ways and means chairman founded anothe another $750,000 and forgot to report tax returns and eye few plots of land he has. that just happens. . eric: anheuser busch fan can. clad in the colors of 27 universities. parents and schools saying the marketing campaign is promoting more than beer. rather, it's encouraging bing drinking. joining us with more on the subject is dr. fields a member of the red
the people but actually leaders and the house from man to pose a to harry reid and things leaders have said about bush and not once but did bush ever complain or said anything about his opposition. the fact that had a shoe thrown at him, and posts like huffington post and moveon.org -- i wish people would get away from the name calling on all of the stuff altogether which blind and kind of distracts us from the issue at hand which is the issue that is being debated now, cap-and-trade, whether it is health care, or whatever. stop being so emotional about political things, whether it is barack obama or the republicans, we should not take glee in uplifting a mere man. it is about the greatness of this country and the things we need to do to help and continue to make this country the greatest nation in the world. host: the word is out from scotland. you know there was going to be a decision as to whether or not the lockerbie bombing would be free on compassionate grounds because he has prostate cancer. the associated press just ran this, scotland's justice minister has freed the terminally ill
unions which are a big factor didn't want this. harry reid said he didn't want this. that's why it doesn't exist. there's a case to be made for taxing "cadillac plans." ahead of goldman sax. >> that's actually the royals royce plans. they are such a tiny part. caller: as an independent, i feel both parties are going down the road. what should happen is you should designate who is universal. 18-64. from there, you establish a health saveings account for each person and attach their children under 18 to each one of those. you take the medicare money that's going out. the $260 billion a year and credit that to each person 18-64. from there, their employer, whatever they are kicking in can also be credited to that account. host: financing healthcare. complicated stuff here. what's the best approach? >> it is really tough. on financing medicare, it has been a successful program but not one that has done much to obtain cost. it has actually been a cost driver. it has proved to be completely impossible to rid of waste and high expense and wasted views. each time the government tries to put in
to my husband and child. we need to get this president impeached. nancy pelosi -- barney frank, harry reid -- we need to get those people out of there. stop these people from doing what they are fixing to do to us. we are doomed. host: melissa, who did you vote for last year? caller: john mccain. i'm 57 years old and will never vote democrat again as long as i live. my family were democrats and will never vote democrat again. this president is a fraud, a liar. he is going to kill us. a socialist country -- look what he is doing. you have not seen anything yet. it breaks my heart to know what is going to happen to us. host: thanks for that call from mississippi. here is another article where it says that ben bernanke is being asked to stay on. good morning. caller: yes, it is remarkable and i cannot believe progress has been made over the last seven months pena when barack obama, our president, i did not know what to expect when he made his appointments. but he put a team together that it is unbelievable the progress that has been made. i received a tax cut, reduced my monthly mortgage
- american. [cheers] i would like you to tell harry reid we're not evil maunders. i would like you to tell your fellow senators and congressmen that we're not a mob, mob,n azia, we have nothing in common with the likes of timothy mcveigh. we are americans, simply exercising their constitutional rights. [cheers] also, please tell your community organizing the president to get used to an organized community. and finally, i -- >> i let some other people finish their comments. we will let him. >> i am going to " a wise man, c.s. louis. of all of the tyrannies, one exercise for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. it would be better than under omnipotent, laurel busybodies. the robber barons cruelty may sometimes sleep. his stupidity may at some point be in ingratiated. those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." >> mr. chair -- mr. chairman, i like to yield my time to the lady in the white stripes. go ahead. >> i think you were up. do you want to use your time? >> i thought we would do ladies firs
pelosi that we are not un-american. i would like you to tell harry reid that we are not even among birds. i would like you to tell your award followed senators and congressmen that we are not the ku klux klan, and we have nothing in common with the likes of timothy mcveigh. we are americans, simply exercising our constitutional right. [cheers and applause] also, please tell your community organizing president to get used to an organized community. [cheers and applause] and, finally, point number three, -- >> and the couple of other people finish their comments. it will only take another couple of seconds. >> i am going to quote one very wise man, 1 ncs lillis. of all of the tyrannies, the tyranny's exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. it may be better under robber barons then under, omnipotence, moral busybodies. -- ban under them. the robber barons cruelty may sometimes lead -- and under them -- than under them. but those who torment us for their own good will torment us without end, because they do so with the approval of their own conscience. [cheers and a
democrats talk about a go it alone approach, harry reid says he still prefers a bipartisan deal, but added, patience is not unlimited. >>> and there's the hanging question -- is the white house willing to pass reform without a public option? what would that look like? "american morning" jim acosta is in boston where people may already know the answer to that question. and they're imminently familiar -- >> that's right. >> with universal health care. morning, jim. >> that's correct, john. you're right. earlier this week, as you know, the white house took a lot of heat from democrats when it seemed to back away from the public option in the plans for health care reform. what does reform look like without a public option? according to health care experts, it looks a lot like romney care. >> reporter: if washington wants to reform health care with bipartisan support, consider what former republican presidential candidate mitt romney did as governor in democratic massachusetts. >> you don't have to have a public option. you don't have to have government get in the insurance business to make it
. not just the people but leaders in nancy pelosi to harry reid and not once did bush say anything or anything about his opposition. the fact that he had a shoe thrown at him and posts like the "huffington post" and other media took glee on them. i wish people would get away from these the name-calling and all come together which blinds and kind of distracts us from the issue at hand which is the issue hayes been debated. whether it's cap-and-trade, or whatever. top being emotional about political figures. whether it's barack obama or it's a republican, we should not take glee in uplifting a mere man. it's about the greatness of this country and the things that we need to do to help in continuing to make this country the greatest nation in the world. thank you. >> well, the word is out from scotland. you knew that there was going to be a decision about whether or not the lockerbie bomber would be freed on compassionate grounds because he got terminal prostate cancer. the associated press runned this this, sco 's justice minister has freed t terminal ill lockerbie bomb on compassion
? >> the spokesman for the senate majority leader, harry reid, said that while they intend that it will be a bipartisan health care reform, they will get health care reform accomplished by any legislative means necessary. i am wondering if you could walk us through what people in the white house have been talking about and strategizing about different ways that this can be done. could you comment on the story today about the discussions about possible splitting up the bill and also, what are the thoughts? we all know that your intention is that it be a bipartisan bill. beyond that, what are you waiting for? >> i read the story in "the washington journal per-ñrq." many people are on vacation so we will give you better guidance in terms of splitting of the bills. it also said the president would meet with advisers next week on this. unless that is a meeting that includes a golf course, -- >> that was supposed to be on the budget. >> maybe johnson can clear up for both of us. >> are you going to take questions? >> it sounds like he needs to. let me discuss a little bit. obvio
that is not left or right. when you get back to washington i would like you to tell nancy pelosi and mr. harry reid that we can take all the money and put it into health care and it will not fix the problem until we put investment into prevention and wellness, that will drive costs down. i have a friend at duke university next week for cancer treatment. we are better than that to tell us must wait six months. most americans value life. the value the life at one as it represents all. thank you for your conservative leadership. [applause] >> thank you. a good part of any health care reform must include wellness and prevention. going to get a physical every year to detect problems before they become serious. the healthcare provider earlier made the analogy to get in your brakes replaced in the car. well, when you get your oil change they actually check the brakes, tires. we should do the same for health care. unfortunately, this bill from the house does not address it wellness programs. when you talk to good businesses they talk about on his programs -- the talk about wellness programs for their emplo
concerned about it and i know that harry reid is concerned about it, as well. he and i have talked about that. they are in recess until after labor day, if i am not mistaken. i am talking about the united states senate. obviously, the longer they are in recess and taking up regular business in washington, without our having two voices, the greater my concern is for it is that what you're getting at? >> why can't they come back this week? >> i think he should ask the legislative leaders about that. my understanding in talking with the senate president and the speaker is that they are moving this as quickly as they can. they have to and they owe to their membership to consult with their members and they have been trying to do that. >> [inaudible] >> i have heard from senator kerry who is on board with this proposal and shares these concerns. >> did the president's big about this? >> no, no. >> [inaudible] >> i am a democrat. i believe in democratic values. i believe in the values that senator kennedy reflected and worked so hard for, caring about being the voice of the voice less, trying t
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